Dec. 9, 2006
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Senior center Sabine Loewe's season-high 20 points helped the University of San Diego women's basketball team (7-2) hang on and post a 74-69 win over Cal Poly (4-5) Saturday afternoon in a non-conference game at the Jenny Craig Pavilion.
USD and Cal Poly were engaged in a close battle from the get go as neither team had a lead bigger then eight until USD recorded a nine-point lead late in the game at 61-60. Cal Poly would make a late push to pull within three at 67-64, but the Toreros' defense would not allow them any closer as over the final three minutes USD outscored Cal Poly 7-5, allowing the Toreros avoid their first losing streak of the season and win their seventh game of the season.
"I was just really happy with the way that that Amanda Rego handled the pressure. It will be taxing on any player to have to deal with that kind of pressure for 40 minutes and I thought she did an outstanding job with taking care of the ball and getting us through the press," said head coach Cindy Fisher. "Sabine Loewe came through with some huge baskets and huge rebounds for us when we really needed it. I was also extremely happy with Ashley Voisinet. I thought she gave us really good minutes at the three and played great for us tonight."
Loewe scored her game-high 20 points on 6-of-7 shooting from the floor, including going 8-for-9 from the charity stripe. Kelly Winther and Ashley Voisinet were the other two Toreros in double-figures with 14 and 11 respectfully. The Toreros shot 41 percent for the game and out rebounded the Mustangs 40-38.
In the first half it was a sea-saw battle with both teams taking their turn with the lead, then with the score at 22-20 in favor of the Mustangs, a pair of Kiva Herman free throws sparked a 10-0 USD run to give the Toreros a seven point lead with 5:28 remaining in the first half. But back-to-back jumpers by Cal Poly's Jessica Eggleston ignited an 8-4 Mustang run to pull within four at 34-30. However, a pair of Loewe free throws gave USD a six-point edge going into the break.
At the start of the second half, the Mustangs went on an 8-2 run over the first two minutes of action to again pull even with the Toreros at 38 all. Over the next three minutes, the two teams battled back and forth, but the Toreros never surrendered the lead. Then with the score at 44-42 in favor of the Toreros, USD put together a 6-2 run sparked by a Morgan Henderson lay-up to once again build a six-point lead.
Cal Poly refused to fade away as the Mustangs kept things close as they crawled their way back into the game and tied things up on an Ashlee Stewart three pointer at 54-54. The Mustangs then took the lead late in the game at 58-57 on a Toni Newman lay-up, but Winther hit a lay-up shortly after that and gave the Toreros the lead back for good.
For the Mustangs, four players were in double-figures with Eggleston leading the way with 15 points followed by Newman's 14, Megan Harrison's 11 and Bria Fields' 10 points. As a team, the Mustangs were held to 40 percent shooting from the floor.
The Toreros will return to action on Tuesday as they continue their six-game home stand against the Road Runners of Cal State Bakersfield in a 7 p.m. game at the Jenny Craig Pavilion.